Lawyers for Jackson doctor have date in Los Angeles court

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Dr. Conrad Murray sits near the bailiff as he appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor are due in court to discuss pretrial matters but Dr. Conrad Murray has waived his right to be present.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has scheduled the hearing Monday afternoon to discuss such issues as whether the case will be televised and whether jurors will have to fill out a questionnaire before they face an inquiry in open court.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, has been continuing to practice medicine at his clinics in Houston and Las Vegas. His lawyers said he would probably be busy tending to patients and would not attend the hearing.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. His trial is scheduled for March 28.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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